But first, last year's books. I've never kept a list of the books I've read before, but decided to do so in 2016, because I was curious to know how much I read and whether I could average a book a week. The answer: a lot and yes.
Here's what I read last year, pretty much in chronological order, with some annotations, which mean, as follows:
RR=reread (a book I've read at least once before)
AB=audiobook (I listened to books in the car quite a bit during my last weeks of work, when I had to drive a lot)
RA=read aloud (I read to the kids on our hiking trip and the drive home)
*=really good, highly recommend, etc. (this could be said for most of the RR books, of course, since I chose to read them a second—or third—time for some reason)
- The Crossroads of Should and Must. Elle Luna. N.*
- The Evil BB Chow. Steve Almond. F.
- Big Magic. Elizabeth Gilbert. N. *
- The Knitting Circle. Ann Hood. F.
- Never Let Me Go. Kazuo Ishiguro. F.
- Gathering Moss. Robin Wall Kimmerer. N.
- Desert Sojourn. Debbie Holmes-Binney. N. RR.
- Where the Waters Divide. Karen Berger. N. RR.
- Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color. Bill Cooke. N.
- West Wind. Mary Oliver. P.
- Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. Mike Clelland. N.
- Women Writing Nature. Barbara J. Cook, ed. N.
- Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart. Carrot Quinn. N.
- The Wellspring. Sharon Olds. P.
- Gold, Fame, Citrus. Clare Vaye Watkins. F.
- Pelican at Blandings. P.G. Woodhouse. F. RR.
- Catastrophic Happiness. Catherine Newman. N. *
- Wild. Cheryl Strayed. N. RR.
- Bel Canto. Ann Patchett. F. AB.
- Forest Under My Fingernails. Walter McLaughlin. N.
- All the Wild That Remains. David Gessner. N.
- The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Edith Holden. N.*
- Wench. Dolen Perkins Valdez. F. *
- A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains. Isabella Bird. N. *
- Still Life With Breadcrumbs. Anna Quindlin. F. AB.
- Squirrel Meets Chipmunk. David Sederis. F. AB.
- Life After Life. Kate Atkinson. F. AB. *
- Farewell Dorothy Parker. Ellen Meister. F. AB.
- Bossy Pants. Tina Fey. N. AB. RR. *
- Desert Solitaire. Ed Abbey. N. RR. *
- Treasure Island. Robert Louis Stevenson. F. RA. RR. *
- Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain. F. RA. RR. *
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. F. RA. RR. *
- One Thousand Mornings. Mary Oliver. P.
- Tomboy Bride. Harriet Fish Backus. N. *
- The Hour of Land. Terry Tempest Williams. N. *
- An Italian Wife. Ann Hood. F. *
- Letters from Eden. Julie Zickefoose. N. *
- Street of Five Moons. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Silhouette in Scarlet. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Trojan Gold. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Night Train to Memphis. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Laughter of Dead Kings. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Borrower of the Night. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Stop Here. This is the Place. Susan Conley. N.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh. P. (this is technically an epic poem, could go in new category: Mythology)
- Shaped by Wind and Water. Ann Zwinger. N. *
- Murder on the Links. Agatha Christie. F.
- The Good Husband of Zebra Drive. Alexander McCall Smith. F.
- The Miracle at Speedy Motors. Alexander McCall Smith. F.
- Stitches in Time. Barbara Michaels. F. RR.
- Stirring the Mud. Barbara Hurd. N.
- The Camelot Caper. Elizabeth Peters. F. RR. *
- Prodigal Summer. Barbara Michaels. F. RR. *
- Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel. Jane Smiley. N. *
- Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. Anne Tyler. F.
- Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout, eds. F, N, P. *
- Bridger Jones's Diary. Helen Fielding. F. RR. *
- Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. F. RR. *
- Holidays on Ice. David Sederis. N/F. RR. *
- The Crossroads of Should and Must. Elle Luna. N. RR. * (yes, I read this twice in one year)
- Which Brings Me to You. Steve Almond and Julianna Baggot. F.
My reading hopes for this year are to:
mostmany of the books on my shelves that I haven't read yet
- have one book of poetry, one of creative nonfiction, one of fiction, and one how-to/inspirational/self-help type nonfiction going at one time, but no more than one of each category, because I tend to spread myself too thin and never finish some things
- read lots of nonfiction about Colorado history, geology, and natural history for research for my book, but make time for pleasure reading as well
To start, I'm reading H is for Hawk (from my pile up there) for a book group, which meets in a week, and am supposed to be reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt with one of my friends, but I haven't started yet and she's been reading it for a while, so I'm woefully behind. Guess I'll have to hunker down and read for a few days. Darn.
What was your favorite read of 2016? What must I add to my list for 2017?